YOUR NEARNESS, Arc Publishers (UK)

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"Forrest Gander knows that the poet's first duty is 'to see what's there and not already patterned by familiarity'— and in
Your Nearness, he brings to that task a combination of vision, generosity of spirit, and humility in the face of wonder that singles him out as one of the finest and most vigilant poets working today." —John Burnside

"There's a deep personal feeling found in Forrest Gander's desperately beautiful "Librettos for Eros' [in which] feeling masters the poems, and it is feeling about self, desperate, squandered, willful, all but out of control— and ultimately uncivilized…." --Thom Gunn





On Books by Forrest Gander:

A complex reading experience punctuated by intense beauty— Washington Post Book World

One answer to the way death 'constructs silence' is to believe, as does Gander, that the soul is 'multilingual in the same tongue.' His trinity of natural science, spirit, and language tempts us to believe it's so. —The Colorado Review

Forrest Gander is insistently, often gorgeously, a poet of space—the spaces of landscape and geology, the spaces of erotic and patrilineal bodies, and the spaces among and inside the words on the page of a poem . . . . If Gander’s philosophical strain and flamboyant lingo suggest Wallace Stevens, and his conversance with science and his stress on the “ongoing” recall A. R. Ammons, he insinuates a knotty, digressive intensity that is fully his own. —Book Forum

Gander has always been an innovative poet, and one deeply concerned with the events, and languages, beyond America's borders…. he brings the world's frightening and beautiful strangeness far beyond the edge of the page.—Oprah